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Bless You, Prison (2002)

Binecuvântata fii, închisoare (original title)
Based on Nicole Valery-Grossu's European best seller autobiographic novel "Bless you, prison", the film is a true story, with real events and characters. A young intellectual woman, Nicole,... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Ploae ...
Nicoleta
Dorina Lazar ...
Prison Director
Ecaterina Nazare ...
Prisoner (as Ecaterina Nazarie)
Maria Rotaru ...
Prisoner
Victoria Cocias
Iulia Lazar
Romanita Ionescu
Mioara Ifrim
Eugenia Maci
Eugenia Bosânceanu
Margareta Pogonat ...
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Tamara Cretulescu
Monica Ghiuta
Ion Pavlescu ...
Guest Appearence
Cristina Tacoi ...
(Guest Appearence)
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Based on Nicole Valery-Grossu's European best seller autobiographic novel "Bless you, prison", the film is a true story, with real events and characters. A young intellectual woman, Nicole, is arrested in the years of Stalinism simply for being an active member of an opposition party. There follow three months of exhausting interrogation and isolation. Alone in a cell, she undergoes a spiritual experience similar to that of the great mystics. She proceeds to an in-depth soul-searching that helps her discover the power of faith and steels her to put up resistance. Nicole goes through the ordeal of communist prisons, conflicts and risky activities, and manages to provide a heartening example for the other inmates. Daily prison life is not drab but full of unexpected happenings like a story. Written by Petru Margineanu <petru.margineanu@xnet.ro>

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Portrays the reality of those times in Romania
2 February 2007 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

It's a movie about communism, a movie about struggle, a movie about faith in God. Arrested for being a member of a democratic party, Nicoleta Valeria Bruteanu enters the Communist Romanian prisons in 1949, and remains detained until 1953. There she finds the time she needs to think about her mistakes in life and tries to regain her faith in God. Soon faith united all cell mates and helped them endure and in the end survive the horrors of the Communist prison system. The title of the movie is at the same time the conclusion of the story - the suffering in the prison brought Nicoleta closer to God, closer to people around her, made her a better person.

The movie its a little graphic, but the director was somewhat forced to include such scenes to be able to reveal the brutality of the tortures methods. The English dubbing works well and most actors did an excellent job. I highly recommend this movie to understand better the suffering which the people in Eastern Europe and Russia were forced to endure.


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